Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#27 Jim Morrison

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Born: December 8th, 1943

Died: July 3rd, 1971

Age at death: 27

Cause of death: Heart failure

On July 3rd, 1971, Jim Morrison, the lead vocalist of the rock band The Doors, was found dead by his girlfriend Pamela Courson in the bathtub of his Paris apartment. Although no autopsy was performed, as it was not required by French law, the official cause of death was listed as heart failure. However, several individuals who said they were eyewitnesses, claimed that Morrison’s death was due to an accidental heroin overdose.

Due to his poetic lyrics, distinctive voice, and erratic performances, Morrison was regarded by music critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock history. Morrison recorded a total of six studio albums with The Doors, all of which were commercially and critically successful. Though the band recorded two more albums after Morrison’s passing, his death severely affected the band’s fortunes, and they ultimately broke up in 1973. Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Doors in 1993.

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